Welcome to the University of the Free State (UFS)

Welcome to the UFS! It is exciting that you have chosen to study here, and we trust that you will have an academically fulfilling experience at our university.


UFS is a research-led, student-centred and regionally engaged university that contributes to development and social justice through the production of globally competitive graduates and knowledge.




Internationalisation is very important to our university. The UFS provides an excellent experience to international students. Dedicated support is provided by the Office for International Affairs, which serves as the first port of call for all international students at the UFS. We have developed a range of Internationalisation-at-home activities, including our Umoja Buddy Programme, which integrates local and international students.


We value the contribution of our international students to intellectual diversity at the UFS. We value the contribution that our international students make to intellectual diversity at our university, and we actively promote opportunities to engage with local students from the UFS. The intellectual cross- fertilisation between students from different backgrounds provides opportunities for the acquisition of international and intercultural competencies by all students, and results in enhanced employability of our graduates.



Virtual International Cultural Diversity Festival 2020

UFS hosts 2020 Virtual International Cultural Diversity Festival

On 24 September 2020, South Africa will celebrate Heritage Day. For the 25th anniversary of this celebration, we are encouraged to celebrate our culture and the diversity of our beliefs and traditions in the wider context of a country that belongs to all its people.  Our university has a long tradition of commemorating Heritage Day and the ideas underpinning it. One way in which this institution celebrates and recognises the tapestry of diverse cultures represented on our campuses is through the annual International Cultural Diversity Festival hosted by the Office for International Affairs. The purpose of the event is to highlight on Heritage Day that international cultural diversity is a keystone of the UFS community. 

Due to the tremendous challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic globally, the International Cultural Diversity Festival will this year be celebrated in a virtual format. Even during this uncertain time, it is important to find time to celebrate our uniqueness and to appreciate one another’s heritage and culture in the spirit of our humanity. 

For Heritage Month 2020, let us share elements about ourselves that make us proud of who we are! The diverse contributions to the 2020 virtual International Cultural Diversity Festival highlight the university’s commitment towards creating a diverse, challenging intellectual environment. 

Date: 24 September 2020
Time: 10:00
Platform: www.ufs.ac.za/2020ICDF 

For more information contact Bulelwa Moikwatlhai on MaloB@ufs.ac.za 

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